Cricket: Browning takes reins as Chichester gear up for exciting season

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CHICHESTER Priory Park Cricket Club are busy preparing for the 2013 season - one they are looking forward to with relish.

As the only local club playing at the highest standard of amateur cricket in the Sussex Premier League, they aim to build upon the success of 2012 and continue their emphasis on youth development.

Mark Bamford has decided to step down as captain after four successful seasons in charge and has handed over the reigns to player-coach Richard Browning to take on this significant responsibility.

With four teams playing competitive league cricket on Saturdays, a women’s team playing on Sundays, together with 14 junior teams, there is much to look forward to in the forthcoming season - with their junior academy training starting soon.

The emphasis on youth has provided the opportunity for a number of exciting junior players to stake a claim for positions within the senior teams and will stand the club in good stead in the future.

The club have been working closely with both local councils to improve playing facilities in Priory Park and 2013 should see the latest development with the new turf and artificial training nets. It is hoped further improvements to facilities will be forthcoming in the future.

The club’s structured professional pre-season training begins at the university at 10am this Saturday - players of all standards are welcome.

For more information, contact Richard Browning on 07825 214844.

Bognor CC’s indoor nets start on Friday, January 18, at The Arena, Bognor. Under-11s’ nets are from 5.15 to 6.15pm, 12s to 16s from 6.15 to 7.15 and seniors from 7.30 to 8.30. For queries, call John Hooker on 07967 482056.